Process of the Eden Hall Commons wall sculptures

BLOG IN PROGRESS.

chalk sketch of White Pine

chalk sketch of White Pine

Chalk sketch of Sugar Maple

Chalk sketch of Sugar Maple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone work in progress at bottom of Sugar Maple

Stone work in progress at bottom of Sugar Maple

Cob and mixing buckets

Cob and mixing buckets

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eagle looking over the peace

The eagle looking over the peace

Detail of White PIne

Detail of White PIne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone work of White PIne

Stone work of White PIne

Finished stone work at base of Sugar Maple.

Finished stone work at base of Sugar Maple.

Mottingeramt, Austria!

I just got back from Mottingeramt, Austria! I was staying on MOA farm with 35 other people in their 20’s and it was possibly the most uplifting, eyeopening, and beautiful experience I have ever had.

My tent! good morning!

My tent! good morning!

I was there to take and give workshops, it was an exchange! X

I learned an array of things such as  how to heal yourself with wild and home grown herbs.  I got a nasty wasp sting and the peppermint oil, beeswax, olive oil and pine resin mix, along with plantain leaf stopped the throbbing in seconds!  Basket weaving and things about our stars I never new, to pointing old stone walls, and dry stone walling!  Also how amazing and wonderful people can be! I met many  awesome people from many places!

While I was there I sculpted this arch, here is it’s story in photos.

The space before any work had begun, notice wall heating.

The space before any work had begun, notice wall heating.

Reed mats are installed with straw clay to give support for cob

Reed mats are installed with straw clay to give support for cob.

Area is painted with slip before cob is applied.

Area is painted with slip before cob is applied.

Finished Arch!

Finished Arch!

 

I used a mixture of sand, clay, straw and earth. I did it in about five days with friends helping me make the mixture.

 

Here is a dome we also constructed- a most magical and perfect place for the evening activities such as dance therapy and discussion groups on the mental health paradigm and presentations on visits to Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture Farm. ( once covered)

 

Dome!!!

Dome!!!

 

A solar cooker….

Solar cooker!

Solar cooker!

The parabolic shape directs the sun’s energy to one spot which gets really hot!

A view through the field kitchen

A view through the field kitchen

… a clay brick oven named Sandy Clayton. ( in progress) The bricks were pressed by a machine welded on site with metal scraps.

 

clay oven 1

The inside is filled with sand for support till the clay is strong/ hard enough.

 

 

The inside is filled with sand for support before the earth and cali dry enough to remove.

A layer of soil is added for mass, to retain and radiate heat.

 

Notice the heat/ smoke tunnel getting ready to lead up to the oven chamber.

Notice the heat/ smoke tunnel getting ready to lead up to the oven chamber.

 

 

Sadly we had a series of massive rain storms and Sandy Clayton collapsed. Please email comments to juliannesota@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Tate Britain: Kenneth Clark

4 JUNE 2014

 

Yesterday I went to the Tate Britain with an old friend from foundation for the Kenneth Clark exhibition. No, it was not about the politician, which I thought at first – his name is Clarke not Clark! I did think, if George Bush has time for his own art exhibition, then maybe Kenneth would too. But never mind.  However, I wonder if the Tate would do an exhibition about him…. what would it be about? I was discussing this with my friend’s fiancee and he said that George’s paintings were of other famous leaders he had met, though the paintings were taken from google images. Couldn’t he have just asked them for a good photo? Maybe Kenneth would have done marble busts of other leaders partially naked, in the style of the Romans…just for a little pizzaz.

Ok ok, back to the kenneth clark exhibition. ..I thought that this might be about Kenneth’s own work… which there was very little of. I didn’t know much about him before I went, but I think they should have made a bigger deal of it, it was not very obvious at all. He had one piece on show which was very clearly influenced by Aubrey Beardsley and Japanese block prints. I feel that anyone who is as passionate about art as he was, should have a go at making their own, and as I said I really believe they should have gone into more depth about his own experiments. He was an art collector and TV presenter launching BBC2 with his series “Civilisation”, but he clearly made his own work.

He funded many artists during WWII to make work which reflected the war. I remember after 9/11 and the beginning of the war, was being held the 54th International (2004-5) The Carnegie International is held every four years at the Carnegie Museum of Art, its a large exhibition of various artists and is the oldest North American exhibition of contemporary art from around the world. I went with my mother  and took my sketchbook. After leaving I remember feeling sick. The majority of the art made me feel sick, and disturbed. The International that year was mainly in response to the attacks and the war. A lot of the work in the WWII section of Clark’s exhibition made me feel a similar uneasiness.  Paintings of twisted steel bulkheads deformed just like the bodies hit by bombs. Drawings of people wrapped up in blankets in the London Underground with sickening looks on their faces.

This is just one major highlight from the exhibition which I have been thinking about. Another thing  I noticed, on a less serious note was how strange baby Jesus looked all of the Renaissance paintings. He looked deformed in most of them like his face was melting. I am assuming this was not the intention…. as a matter of  fact the babies who were not Jesus looked the most infantile. Maybe its because the artist tried to put an adult face on a baby’s’ body. Been there… doesn’t work without looking creepy. Speaking of creepy in certain photographs Kenneth Clark looks a little like Jack Nicholson… just in my opinion.

http://www.kulfoto.com/funny-pictures/42082/face-swap-daddy-and-the-baby

 

http://www.crapasaurus.com/2013/12/06/grandma-feeding-baby-face-swap-fail/

 

 

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Registered as self employed and trading!!!

I am fully registered as self employed now and I have really gotten my Illustration business going! Check out my facebook page!

I will be accepting commissions and selling high quality greeting cards and prints of my work shortly.

Some updates with my current projects:

I have been doing some hand watercoloured mono-prints for Little Carousel Gallery, an online gallery  featuring art work for young children. The website will debut in the next few weeks and will be having a table at Plusher, which is an event for “showcasing stylish, innovative and and luxurious products and services for mother, baby, and family.” ( quoted from the Plusher facebook page )

I am also working on some sample illustrations for a book who’s author is looking for a publisher. ( This information will be revealed later)

On top of all of that I am in the process of applying for an Entrepreneurial visa which is due in the next few days! wooo!

I have uploaded a few of my most recent works – none of them have anything to do with the above projects or anything commissioned.

 

cheers.

 

15,758

13. March. 2013

 

I have been traveling in America visiting friends and family and since I have been back I have had some illustration work, and been doing a little of my own, which you will see in my illustration portfolio category.

Most of my current exploration is in materials which change slowly and when left whether over night or weeks result in something very different from what was initially thought as finished. somethimes I like it, sometimes, I don’t. As it is  early spring now, a time of new beginnings I am in the process of making many new changes in my life.

The pieces I am uploading are beasts drawn onto wax strips. The hair pulled off on them represents their fur and each beast becomes what it will be by chance of each improvised mark. Over time, the wax strips become translucent like grease proof or wax tracing paper. I am waiting for it to happen now, but when i started, I did not know this would happen. I looked back on  experiments from last year and found this happens. I am planning to make a collection and see where it takes me, perhaps they will take part in a published book of my own in the future.

I like the hair on the wax strips because it reminds me that we all have a little beastie in us ( not that I need to be reminded of that, but that it reminds me that others do too). Some people only let that beastie show through in certain places on their body or in their personality. The beastie does not have to be the dirty wild animal we expect it to be but it can be the way we smell things or the way spring makes us feel. It can be how the hair on our arms prick when we are cold or when we feel how sharp our teeth are and go “whoah”. We are creatures of nature and some of us forget, maybe remember and it makes us think and sometimes surprises us.  The hair on our bodies is left over from when we didn’t have clothes. I like to keep mine because it reminds me of my beastie-ness.

15,798 is how many miles I traveled… approximately.

 

 

 

 

Big Cartel shop up and running!

25. November. 2012

 

YES! I have my Bigcartel.com shop open, up and running!. My friend Yasemin Richards told me about it and its a great site to sell your stuff on! First five products you put up are free, completely!

You can buy 3 different cards of mine at :

https://sunshinebeasts.bigcartel.com

 

I’m working on Etsy and Red Bubble now too, but I’m having some technical difficulties with Etsy, they keep saying my card number in invalid. Don’t really know what that is about.

If anyone has any suggestions of any kind, please post them!

Foraging for inspiration

11. october. 2012

 

This past Tuesday I went foraging mainly for mushrooms in Epping forest with Imogen and Jen. We didn’t find any edible mushrooms, but we found a few interesting clusters and identified them over some hot chocolate heated over a camp stove. We collected lots of rose hips, sloes, nettles, and crab apples. We have already made rose hip syrup, and I think the sloe gin is next, though that won’t be ready till Christmas!

All of this collecting and processing of found foods has got me thinking about how good it feels to collect and make your own food, and living life simply. I also received a gardening Opinel knife today in the post, again such a basic and beautiful thing. William Morris once said ” Never own anything you do not find to be beautiful or useful”. Well… I’m working on that!

Well designed and simple things are so easily beautiful.  I’m also thinking about how I feel when I complete a drawing which comes out just right. Everything on the page working harmoniously, it feels like a masterpiece. Generally this happens when, my lines are simple and to the point. When drawing, every little line counts, which means sometimes just the right one is missing while one too many can be distracting.

I guess you can say, thats the same in life too… every little thing counts.

The story of how the “Beastie Labyrinth” was concieved and built

 

Beastie’s Labyrinth began with just three pallets, base of the Bear Tower ( the tower sticking up in the middle, refer to the map on my sculpture portfolio page) I started around the of October 2010- the beginning of November 2010. Construction was very slow because I was still finding my wooden pallets wherever I could around the City Central. It was very difficult to find any with out any wee on them….

The base started out in the middle of the stage in studio LG01. Then it was moved to the edge of the stage on the right side, just so the tower could lean on the railing of MG mezzanine railing.

By the first move, I had gotten very good at pulling apart pallets without breaking them, it took practice!

I had no definite plans, I just knew I wanted to build a tunnel or a tower which could be climbable creating a mini environment separate from the clinical studio, a kind of play space people and ithe imaginations could be involved with.

October and November 2010


February 2011

By February ( after the Winter holidays and being home in the States for around a month)  I had built some temporary scaffolding inside the the tower so i could continue building up. I was still scavenging for pallets, once again making the building process very slow. I had also begun filling in the back and putting bracing inside. at this point I knew I wanted restricted view from outside to inside but peek holes from the inside out.

The biggest change changing the direction of my installation took place at the end of March, I had to cut off the Hold ( refer to map on sculpture portfolio page)I had to take off the roof and cut it back, then  later I was told it was allowed to come out a bit further so I built the roof including the Front Tunnel.

I also found that I could get as many free pallets from Foyles Book shop as I needed so I was building at full speed!

I then designed and built the Julika Plateau ( below)  ( refer to Map)

 

 

structural photograph of the Julika Plateau

Illustration of design for the Julika Plateau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also started painting little beasts all over the installation

 

 

Paintings of beasties on the Beastie Labyrinth

Close up of painting on the Beastie Labyrinth

detail of painting on the labyrinth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April I formed the front tunnel, and drew the map for how I envisioned the labyrinth to grow. It looks the same as the map on the sculpture portfolio page.

 

 

 

 

 

Overhead view showing wood storage on the side and roof construction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this picture you can see the  storage place for wood along the side of the hold to keep my work space tidy. Note also the roof taking form over the front tunnel and the Julika Plateau at the top of the tower.

I measured the walls on the inside of the labyrinth where I wanted clay, and cut chicken wire to fit. Then I stapled it on.

 

Stapeling on the chicken wire for the cob to stick to

Mixing the cob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I got the clay in and started mixing it with straw to help it to stick to the chicken wire I stapeled to the walls, I was able to begin the interior and the whole installation really came together quite quickly!

Applying the cob to the walls

 

I textured the walls, built little houses into the walls, and objects I had collected and made. I also put some illustrations into the Entrance room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROBLEMS and HOW I SOLVED THEM:

-Debates on whether or not I would have The country bear view point, eventually my tutor Naomi and classmate, Julika agreed to have it go through Julika’s space. It was very very kind of her as it changed the movement though her installation, but we decided that the country bear view point was necessary for the sucess of my installation.

– Health and safety shut down my piece very early on and told me I could not have the public go through my installation and I was not allowed to climb it, also that it was a constricted space so it was then that I built the second exit ( can be seen as a door from the external shots)I carefully planned when the tutors and staff were in and out of the building….

– Originally instead of rice paper I was going to use bees wax panels to create a warm glow and scent throughout the whole piece but health and safety rulled this out because technically bees wax is a fuel… and if someone were to somehow light my installation on fire god forbid it would burn down….

-sourcing materials, I got pallets from Foyles Book shop around the corner, they had well over 100 I could use. I phoned excavation companies and found sites digging out basements in on victorian houses. There is clay six feet under most of the city of London’s soil! I did have to move over 2,000 lbs of clay, transport was no easy task!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Fillingham and Laura White at the Carter Presents Gallery

17. march. 2012

 

Last night I went to Pete Fillingham’s (our old Central Saint Martins tutor who left in my first year) private view at the Carter Presents gallery in Bethnal Green! It was a special treat to see him and his work as I hadn’t gotten to see or speak to him since may 2011.  He dissapears quite often! I have always found his wild imagination, crazy ideas, and kindness inspiring!

However, it was very difficult to properly experience the work as there were so many people! I plan to visit the gallery in the week so I can really see his work without distraction!

I interpreted Fillingham and White’s collaborative pieces, which appear to be arranged collections of objects (that were predominately empty containers) as narrative pieces telling a story about someone or something with an abstract approach. I found the sculptures charming. Each of the objects making up the sculpture individually were  seductive in a way that if I had found them on the street I would pick them up and take them home.

After reading the quotation at the bottom of the article in the link I have provided about the installation I came to some other conclusions about the installation.

I especially identify with Laura White’s quotation “It is important for me to treat the everyday object with a regard to its production and authorship, as even the cheapest item from a pound shop has been designed by someone.”  When I look at objects, and especially every day objects, I always pay attention to the material they are made from and question; how they were designed, where the materials came from, and sometimes their history! This is not only a common theme in my own practise but part of what I wrote my dissertation on. I get frustrated with how easily we can pass thorough our lives with out questioning what we use, how it works, what its made of, where it comes from,  and take it for granted. Then when something breaks most of us don’t even consider attempting to fix it, or even take it apart. It just gets thrown away!!! Maybe this is why my friends call me a hoarder….

Anyhow, I also noted whilst reading the website that the article mentions that both artists are also hoarders, perhaps that is why I feel a connection to them and their work!

Over all, it was very inspiring to get back together with old classmates and to see what everyone had been up to as well as talk to our old tutors! I hope to go to more of my friend’s exhibitions!

xx Jue!

Carter Presents: The Shapes Game collaboration with Pete Fillingham and Laura White


Upcoming projects

This Summer we will be building coracles and sailing them down England’s canals!